The 2015 annual exhibition was the 70th staged by the RSMA. There were many highlights to this very successful show,
but perhaps the most memorable was the afternoon of the Private View Day, when we were honoured to welcome Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to open the exhibition. Sir Robin
holds a unique place in yachting history, and amongst the great sailors of the world – he was the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world, an extraordinary feat of skill, bravery
and endurance that he completed in 1969.
The show was almost certainly our largest ever, with 329 works celebrating the sea in all its diversity. It was wonderful to see so many visitors enjoying the range of work on offer, and the sales reflected this high level of interest.
On various days throughout the exhibition members and associate members worked on paintings in the gallery, and visitors clearly
welcomed this opportunity to engage with the artist, ask questions and generally learn more about the painting process.
A series of hands-on, full day practical painting workshops were also run in conjunction with
the exhibition. Lead by experienced members, they offered group and individual tuition on a range of subjects connected with marine painting and drawing.